On the Catalyst with Shayle Kann podcast this week:
It’s shark week! Or “spark” week? Today we’re bringing you an episode of How to Save a Planet, in which Shayle steps into the shoes of a Shark Tank–style judge.
This episode is all about (drumroll, please)…storage!
Exciting, right? OK, we’ll prove it to you. Each day, more and more of our electricity comes from intermittent renewables like wind and solar. To balance out our electric grid in the future, we’ll need new ways of storing extra energy so we can still turn on our lights when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. With help from Leah Stokes and other special guests, we explore the wild world of energy storage, from a hidden underground lair to a piping hot thermos full of poison. And did we mention it’s a game show?
Leah Stokes, professor of climate and energy policy at the University of California, Santa Barbara
Len Greene, director of government affairs and communications at FirstLight Power
Curtis VanWalleghem, CEO of Hydrostor
Cristina Prieto, professor of engineering at the University of Seville
Calls to action:
Learn more about energy storage: pumped hydro, compressed air, molten salts and — a really wild one — Energy Vault
Learn more about our electric grid from How to Save a Planet episodes “How We Got Our Grid and How We Get a Better One” and “Party Like It’s 2035″
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Solar Power International and Energy Storage International are returning in person this year as part of RE+. Come join everyone in Anaheim, California for the largest B2B clean-energy event in North America. Catalyst listeners can receive 15% off a full conference non-member pass using promo code CANARY15. Register here.